Health Care Workers Demand Pay from Richfield Health Agency

Updated: 02/19/2014 11:00 PM By: Cassie Hart

There are new developments in our 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation into the home health agency that hasn't paid its workers in months.

Even though Crystal Care Health Agency has received $23 million in taxpayer dollars over the past three years, they have repeatedly bounced checks to many employees, according to our investigation. This is a story KSTP has been following since May.

On Wednesday, some of those workers gathered to demand their hard-earned money.

"We haven't been paid for several months, and we're wondering where our money is. I know exactly what I’m owed,” said Michelle Smith, a former Crystal Care employee.

Crystal Care filed for bankruptcy last month. It's not clear how that will affect back pay owed to employees.

On Wednesday night, Crystal Care President Sally Knutson issued the following statement:

"Premier and the Crystal Care companies filed chapter 11 Reorganization in order to provide the opportunity for the employees to file a claim form for back payroll. This process is difficult to understand or to accept. Today the bankruptcy court had full control of the outcome of these filings. You do have the right to express your frustration and anger as you did today at the protest. I am sorry for your stress and wish you well."